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10/23/12 6:57 P

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My situation is totally different from yours. I had a mastectomy in 2007, chemo, radiation. My skin was burned and still has red marks. I was hormone negative, so no tamoxifen, but her2 positive, so I had six months of Herceptin.

My doctor said my type of cancer was no more likely to come back in my remaining breast than in my foot. But it had spread to one of the ten lymph nodes they removed, so it could come back anywhere.

I was undecided about reconstruction, but so lopsided that I finally (July 2012) went through with tram-flap. No expanders. Much less chance of rejection. I am so glad that I did it. I now have a chest that is not concave on one side - and I have cleavage again. I love it.

Whatever your decision, someone on the list will have experienced it. Good luck and hugs,

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10/23/12 2:22 P

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I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS in November 2010. I had a right side mastectomy with an expander placed at the time of surgery. After going through the weekly Dr. visits for expansion, my expander leaked and I had it replaced only to ultimately have it removed due to skin and Aloderm failure. I am BRCA 2 positive with family history of breast and ovarian cancer. I had ovarian surgery in May to complete a hysterectomy and I take Tamoxifen. Now I am considering preventive mastectomy on the left breast because, frankly, I don't want to see Dr.'s every 6 months for mammo and/or MRI, and I don't want to spend 6 months of every year perparing for, having and emotionally dealing with breast cancer. I currently have no reconstruction on the right side and will be talking with Dr. next month about mastectomy followed by implants of a smaller size. I WILL NOT do expanders again. Anyone have similar experiences? What did you decide to do?

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